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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Pac-Man/Money delays may be more self preservation than negotiation

First it was about drug test or lack there of, then it was venue/money, and then an agreement was “imminent” and a date set for Nov 13th, but here we are over half way through the year and the fight of the decade still has not been inked. In the latest chapter of the saga Promoter Bob Arum presented the Mayweather camp with a 12am ultimatum to agree to terms or lose his “exclusivity period”, which really isn’t much a threat to begin with as neither fighter has many options. The only bullets Arum has in his gun are Miguel Cotto (has already lost to Pac-Man and no one wants to see a rematch) and Antonio Margarito(who still doesn’t have a license to fight in the US) so not much a threat against someone who knows you coined HIS fight the “Fight of the Century”. However what may be more of an obstacle are the legal influences in each corner, Manny excuse me, Congressman Pacquiao, may be called away to perform his civic duties and once this window closes it may not open again. Across the ring Floyd’s uncle and trainer, Roger Mayweather, may have pressing legal obligations of his own but on the other side of the room as he has to deal with an upcoming battery allegation and may not be available to work the corner and Money may insist on him being there. Beyond the smoke screen of all of these moving parts may be the simple fact that both men realize that a loss thoroughly tarnishes their legacy as Floyd is the only unbeaten champion who has taken all comers to this point, and Pac-Man needs Floyd to negate his losses and cement his name as one of the best to ever lace them up. Both of these may be more intimidating for both fighters than any of the other external factors, and as they get up there in age and start realizing that there is more waiting for them after they leave the ring the last thing either wants is to go out a loser which is the one issue that is non-negotiable as someone will leave with the dreaded L. Who is more at fault for the fight not happening in your opinion? Let us know here and in any of the quick links.

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